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TEARS WOULD WIN NO BATTLES AND RIGHT NO WRONGS
This started out real weird and I had trouble getting into it. The main character (Ethan) has no personality. He answers every question with "I don't Know". The aliens were cool and what they could do to inanimate objects was cool. Until chapter 8 and the Rat King, I was about to bow out early. Mostly due to the lack of character development. I am a huge fan of freaks and mutants, so when the rat king happened I got interested. This was shortly before part 2, when they introduced the cookie cutter character, TV Evangelist. While his personality was cookie cutter and he was not likable, he brought some excitement and controversy to the story. I really liked his interaction with the Queen. The Grey Men were cool and the attack on the bus was exciting. They are very similar to the mutants in Gunslinger.
MAGIC EIGHT BALL
Just as we get to know the main character he is eliminated. Not that he was that exciting to begin with. The book has several chapters of nothing but introspective. It even got corny in places. Throughout all of this, there still is not any character development. It got to where I just didn't care. I almost felt insulted. I know what a great writer McCammon is. I am a fan of They Thirst and Swan Song. I liked the three or four other books of his I have read. They all had characters. I feel like he got together with his writer buddies and said, I can write a Science Fiction book and not have any characters and it will be a best seller. I will threw in a lot of mumbo jumbo, Area 51, mutants, prophesy, aliens, twilight zone, guns, bombs and lots of shoot-em ups and those idiots will be tickled pink.
Unless your Arthur C. Clarke, (who is quoted in the book) and your going to write about the wonders of space, than you must have characters we care about. With only two hours left in this sixteen hour book, I had no desire to continue. I don't believe I have ever gone that far with a book, only to bail out before the finale.
Narrator is great.
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There are a few authors that upon hearing they have a new book coming out I don't need to read a publisher summary or any review... I'm going to get that book. In fact, I don't want to know anything about it before listening to it. I want to be surprised. Robert McCammon is one of those authors. I'm not saying I loved every book of his, but he's wowed me enough that I'm a life long fan.
With The Border I've been waiting months. I had it pre-orderd. Then the day it came out life got in the way and it was over a week before I could listen to it.
So, McCammon steps up to the plate, knocks the dirt from his cleats, raises his bat and awaits the pitch. Will he hit a single or a double? Will he strike out... Or will he knock that mother out of the park?
I think he gets tagged out at home plate.
The Border feels like a classic McCammon story only written with the skill that he has honed over the years. From the first few minutes it takes off at breakneck speed. It's exciting and descriptive in just the right way. Fred Berman does a fantastic job with the narration. I fell headlong into this book. I loved every bit of it... Until the last two chapters.
I really hate to say it, but I thought the ending fizzled. I'm not giving any spoilers, but for such a powerful story the ending felt weak. I don't think the ending ruined the book. However, I can't give it a full five star rating. I hope you'll feel differently when you listen to it.
I know that audible had a glitch with this book and the last few chapters were missing the first few days this book was available, but I downloaded the complete version after they fixed it. So, I did hear the whole book.
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This is one of the worst audio books I have listened to. The story is just ridiculous and has no meat to it. Anything Ethan does is simply because the story needs him to do it. The writing and the way the narrator conveys it had me actually wondering if English is the authors first language so horrible was some of the writing.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Border to be better than the print version?
I've not read the print version but both mediums have their benefits.
What did you like best about this story?
The entire concept really grabbed me from the start. We've heard countless stories of aliens invading Earth to fight humans, but the idea of two different races fighting over the territory grabbed my imagination from the start. McCammon was also able to cleverly work the story so that the bigger picture could gradually become clear without the use of expositional narration.
Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Not sure, but he was excellent. It must've been a real challenge with the amount of characters but he handled it really well without anyone sounding a bit ambiguous.
Any additional comments?
Robert McCammon is an author with one of the best imaginations out there. Every book of his that I've read has been absolutely first class.